Talking about talented; Mahalia Jackson certainly was and she also never showed off her voice like Aretha did (does). BTW, she also walked the walk not only talked the talk.
I was going to list Mahalia but she didn't dance. Now THERE was talent.
ed.Comment Posted By funny man On 26.06.2009 @ 15:17
In my opinion you always have to separate art from person. Is Wagner's work bad because of his anti-semitism. Good or bad, Michael Jackson will always be linked to the early eighties in my personal life.
I somewhat agree but the heinousness of Jackson's transgressions against children is, I think, a special case. This is especially true when you consider the outpouring of praise for him today. It is sickening with many people saying, "Well, he may have done some bad things but he's still the greatest." Not defining "bad things" gives these people an out to lavish praise on a pedophile.
Jackson also personified the 80's for me too. But given the over the top superlatives being ascribed to his talent and influence, that all goes way too far.
ed.Comment Posted By funny man On 26.06.2009 @ 09:08
I'm a conservative and in my opinion you really underestimate Obama. That is a big mistake. Why should he get involved in the Health Care debate now? He'll wait, look where the majority is, and then move. I guarantee you something will pass before years end. Next year it will be a watered down version of Cap and Trade and same with Immigration reform. At the end of the day Obama will have significantly changed the system and it won't be what we like.Comment Posted By funny man On 24.06.2009 @ 09:40
I cried when I saw the video. What a shame, what a shame! I just hope you are right and this death will not be in vain and the Persian people can free themselves from these thugs.Comment Posted By funny man On 22.06.2009 @ 09:27
I just want to commend the protesters for their incredible courage facing a brutal regime who is starting to show it's real face. Would I have the courage? My prayers are with them.Comment Posted By funny man On 20.06.2009 @ 13:02
This is still a very dangerous regime that could crack down on it's own in Tienanmen square style. That is what I'm worried about even though my heart is with the Persian people in this. As painful as it is, I think not being to confrontational is the right thing to do. Everybody knows that the entire West is with the reformers but what can you realistically do.The only way the regime is going to crack is when part of the military or Revolutionary Guards starts refusing to shoot it's own people. It's not impossible and I hope for the best.Comment Posted By funny man On 19.06.2009 @ 21:50
It is true that Ahmadinejad has strong support among certain segment of the population. A lot of the hard core Islamists such as in the Revolutionary Guards is not ready to give up anything. However, I would not underestimate the opposition to the regime. Just today they turned up in huge numbers again despite a government ban. I'm a bit disappointed at a lot what I read in the blogosphere, such a level of cynicism is a bit disheartening. I mean these are the people that are so fed up with this repressive Islamist regime and we should at least give them our moral support. Loved the clip of the young woman kicking the riot police officer.Comment Posted By funny man On 15.06.2009 @ 12:50
I don't really care who was or is in charge. I just hope that the 30 years Islamist nightmare is over for the Persian people at some point. Not very hopeful though, they are entrenched. However, I can understand and sympathize with the frustration of the people. Just imagine the constant harassment of the morality police, the non-existing career opportunities and lack of political freedom. All that with a young educated populace especially in the cities.
Here is the latest footage from BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8099218.stmComment Posted By funny man On 14.06.2009 @ 10:56
I sneaked peaked at the comments at Pajamas Media and it never ceases to amaze me how Americans, left and right, are so fixated on their national politics that they really believe everything good or bad originates from here. Now it is true that the United States is a powerful country but just think about this scenario. A week before the election Angela Merkel comes to Washington and gives a speech at a university. Suddenly all the national politics are forgotten, jobs, the military, abortion don't matter anymore and in a dramatic turnaround McCain wins the election. Sounds realistic? So please don't see everything through the Obama speech in Cairo or do you think even the most brilliant speech in Merkel's career would have even made a dent in the American election?Comment Posted By funny man On 13.06.2009 @ 18:32
The Iranians have their battles to fight and we should support the people who want something else than their Islamic Republic and that is something I think we can all, liberals and conservatives alike, agree on.
Nobody really knows the extent of fraud in Iran except the rulers. I guess Ahmadinejad has some following in the poorer and rural areas. However, be that as it may, there is a significant portion of the Persian population that have had it with their regime. Those are the folks we should show solidarity with and help them any way we can. It also is very difficult to unseat a pretty ruthless government that controls thugs, police and the army. I admire their courage and I'm sad I can't do more.
Here are some pics from the Spiegel:Comment Posted By funny man On 13.06.2009 @ 17:25